Know ME before you judge

Melissa Riggio know me b4 u judgeMelissa Riggio writes a compelling article about her thoughts on having Down Syndrome. The article is featured in National Geographic Kids.

Melissa remarks, “I am a lot like you…and see me…” Reminding us all to never judge a book by its cover and get to know the person 1st before deciding. Read the full article here.

EKS Day in ONE Month!

One month from today, September 28th, is Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day or EKS Day!  We are all looking forward to this day.

“What you are winning by your courage is far greater than any game. You are winning life itself and in doing, you give to others a most precious prize…faith in the unlimited possibilities of the human spirit.”
~ Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Learn more about Eunice Kennedy Shriver here.


CEO Corner – Unified Partners

CEO CornerSpecial Olympics Unified Sports® promotes people with and without intellectual disabilities playing on the same team together. These peers of similar ability and age are called Unified Partners, they train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes. We have seen that pairing these two groups together promotes understanding and friendships.

Special Olympics Louisiana is looking for Unified Partners to train and work alongside our athletes. Anyone in Elementary to College and beyond can become a Unified Partner.
Contact our office today to sign up. We promise you will not regret it!

Athlete wins Dan Piper Award

One of our aquatics athletes, Sean Adams, was recently featured in an article by the Tri-Parish Times.  The article describes Sean’s aquatics routine, “The morning sun is just barely awake in south Louisiana’s summer skies when Larose native Sean Adams gets ready to start each day.  He gets out of bed, gets himself dressed and usually enjoys some breakfast.  “Sean swims from 7-8 a.m. each morning at the Cut Off Youth Center’s pool – a time he cherishes daily because of his love for water.”Sean Adams

The article also talks about Sean’s chance to earn a trip to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games next June in New Jersey, “He and three other males will compete in Pineville for a chance to make the team.  If he does, he will represent Louisiana at the National Special Olympics in New Jersey.”

Read the full article here.


Special Olympics FunFitnessDid you know? Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others, they typically receive sub-standard care, or virtually no health care at all.

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program addresses our athletes health care needs through various disciplines. One of the disciplines is FUNfitness which goals are to:

  • assess needs in flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic fitness;
  • teach exercises to help athletes improve identified areas of need;
  • educate participants, families and coaches about the importance of flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic conditioning in overall fitness;
  • provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn how the physical therapist can help them with fitness.

Read more or Get Involved

2014 National Games

The 2014 USA National Games will take place June 14-21, 2014 in New Jersey!  Special Olympics Louisiana is pleased to be sending a delegation of 106 athletes, partners, coaches, and staff to New Jersey next summer!  Athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, basketball, bowling, flag football, golf and tennis.

Our delegation will host a training camp this November in preparation for the Games.  During our camp, coaches will have the opportunity to assess the athletic ability levels of our athletes and partners.2014 SO National GAmes logo

But, before any of that takes place our Heads of Delegation will travel to New Jersey to see the venues and gain a better understanding of what will happen next June.  Stay tuned for more updates!

You can view the 2014 USA Games website here.

Register to volunteer for 2014 USA Games here.